Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama
July 15th, 2013
05:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama

(CNN) – She tried to run against President Barack Obama as last year's GOP nominee.

But with that dream dashed, Rep. Michele Bachmann has another idea.

"He has a perpetual magic wand, and nobody's given him a spanking yet and taken it out of his hand," the Minnesota Republican told WorldNetDaily. "That's what Congress needs to do. The way we spank the president is we do it through the checkbook."

She was speaking to the conservative website about the ongoing battle over comprehensive immigration reform. The "magic wand" she refers to is the power to implement executive actions, like the one taken by Obama last year to defer deportations of young undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents.

A bipartisan immigration reform bill passed the Senate last month that included a pathway to citizenship, which many Republicans, including Bachmann, regard as "amnesty."

As the push for immigration reform slows in the House, Bachmann warned fellow opponents of a pathway to citizenship that resistance in the lower chamber may not hold up under pressure from GOP leaders who she said were sold on an "amnesty bill."

"The only game in town is legalization, for President Obama and for Senate Democrats. They want that legalization status," Bachmann, who will not run for re-election in 2014, said.

She suggested using Congress' ability to allocate funds to reject Obama's priorities, including the Affordable Care Act.

"We have the power of the purse," she said. "The most powerful body in Washington D.C. is the House of Representatives, which I'm honored to be a part. We're the ones that say, 'No, you can't have the money.' What's wrong with us? What is wrong with us that we would give the president ten cents to fund Obamacare?"

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soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. Waleed75

    So, Obama is a boy? It is statements like this that will keep many blacks far away from the Republican party.

    July 15, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. JIMM

    Geez....I guess Ms.Bachman will gove back her farm subsidies??

    July 15, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Fla Native

    2014: The year that the right gets voted OUT!!!!!! Reason? Folks like her & her buddies.

    July 15, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Babak from LA

    I wonder if she ever reads the transcript of what she said!?!? She has a right to believe what she likes but to put it in those words just makes her clan look even worse...

    July 15, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. c7

    This is one sick puppy

    July 15, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Mark P

    She's leaving the House because she thinks she can beat Al Franken in next year's Senate race. What she might not realize is that most of her public statements have been recorded. Those utterances will be very hard, if not impossible, to defend.

    July 15, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. bgg1175

    Until the republican party divorces the tea party it is doomed!

    July 15, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Adam

    How did this imbecile get voted in?

    July 15, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |

    Michelle Bachmann is- inept,ignorant,vindictive and above all an illiterate who shouldn't be in congress in the first place.Her destructive activities or reasonable lack of in the US congress is why other countries are now wondering, if American concept of democracy has any positives in modern day society.Because what other countries see is a system that is tied up in meaningless wrangling's that does not benefit the masses.

    July 15, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Nabillion

    Boo! Crazy lady dishing out crazy theories .. stealing runs in the bachmann camp.

    July 15, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Jeetu

    This is GOP politics at its worse and she represents the worst. If you cannot win the votes, be disrespectfuaull of the President. When will this lady and the GOP care for the Americans and show any sense and pasion. If they need the health insurance, don't all Americans? if they need equal opportunity, don't all Americans? If they need to enjoy life, don't all Americans? What is wrong about providing healthcare to everyone? What is wrong about fixing the immigration system? Obama is right and Bachmann is wrong. GOP and the republican congressmen and senators are all wrong and selfish and do not care ofr America. They don't even listen to Americans.

    July 15, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. jeff

    Translation: we should step up our political sabotage of the United States of America.

    July 15, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Crazy woman speaks stupidly. As usual.

    July 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. TheBob

    Isn't that why she married Marcus Bachmann? And more importantly, why Marcus Bachmann married her?

    July 15, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. michael in houston

    You know....I am really getting sick of this woman and her mouth and her complete absence of class. Really sick of her

    July 15, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Kris

    Well...she's smarter than Palin. Unfortunately, that's not saying much though.

    July 15, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. Andy

    Aww...her career in politics is over.

    July 15, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Seidan1

    She needs to shut up and go away.

    July 15, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. fuzzback

    Republican party needs to replace the elephant with a dinosaur. They can't go extinct fast enough.

    July 15, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. LMC

    Apparently it doesn't matter that denying some funding (maybe most) means the loss of jobs! So it's OK to hold funding back to make a statement and too bad for those that lose their jobs or find their salaries cut. Bachman doesn't have to worry, she will have a pension and health care no matter what happens. This seems to be the opinion of many Republican legislators, who care nothing for the people who are affected.

    July 15, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. bob

    Anyone who wants to hold up/divert/cancel funding on one bill (be they democrat or republican) just to push their agenda in a totally unrelated area does not deserve to be a representative of anyone in the USA.

    July 15, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Craig from Pa.

    "Politicians" like her make us the laughing stock of the world!

    July 15, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  23. Chris

    The GOP ceased to be rational when it ignored the mandate of the First Amendment and got in bed with the Christian Coalition back somewhere between Nixon and Reagan.

    July 15, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Jim g

    This woman is so far ourt of touch with reality. The President jut got re elected by a majority and like him or not, she should respect that. It is the American way but by being so irrational she keeps the Republicans already poor image sink even lower. She has her followers but a more moderate position would have won the last election. Keep looking like a bunch of idiots and you might win the next one. Well, not this nut but a more intelligent Republican

    July 15, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. Mary1972

    She has proved that she is a psycho. It is the good of the people that is important but the power to curtail what Obama wants. Some people will cut thier nose to spite their face. Sour Grapes.

    July 15, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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